Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce that Namita Gupta Wiggers has been appointed director and chief curator of the Museum. Wiggers was hired as curator in 2004 to raise the national and international profile of the historic institution as it moved to its new location in the North Park Blocks, and to develop a vision for a new kind of museum focused on craft.
As a leader in the critical reconsideration of craft in America, Wiggers brings a broad, long-term vision of Museum of Contemporary Craft as a museum of influence. “Namita is a very gifted curator with a world-class reputation. She is also a thought-leader on craft and design and an effective administrator with the strategic thinking skills and day-to-day savvy to realize an ambitious vision for the Museum,” says Tom Manley, president, PNCA and CEO of Museum of Contemporary Craft. “Her appointment is effective July 1st and coincides with the arrival of PNCA’s new academic dean, Mark Takiguchi, who is coming from California College of the Arts. This brings the College a new opportunity to strengthen the ties between the Museum and PNCA curricula, and thus enhances curatorial studies opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.”
Read the press release for a full description of this exciting announcement.